New Grant Opportunities: Project AWARE, Improving Access to Overdose Treatment

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New Grant Opportunities

SAMHSA is announcing the availability of up to $210 million for Project AWARE State Education Agency grants

Application Due Date: Monday, June 4, 2018

SAMHSA is is accepting applications for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) State Education Agency grants totaling up to $210 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies to:
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth;
  • Provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth;
  • Connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues, and their families to needed services.
SAMHSA expects that this program will focus on partnerships and collaboration between state and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 23 grantees with up to $1.8 million per year for up to five years. 

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SAMHSA is announcing the availability of up to $4.7 million for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment grants

Application Due Date: Monday, June 4, 2018
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Improving Access to Overdose Treatment (OD Treatment Access) grants totaling up to $4.7 million over the next five years. The purpose is to award Federally Qualified Health Centers, Opioid Treatment Programs, or practitioners who have a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to expand access to Food and Drug Administration approved drugs or devices for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 5 grantees with up to $200,000 per year for up to five years. 

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SNAPS In Focus: Preventing and Ending Youth Homelessness

As many of you aware, HUD and its public and private partners continue to advance actions to prevent and end youth homelessness. Over the past several years, we’ve seen increased momentum in our work together. These efforts are highlighted by the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP); the 100-Day Challenges to end Youth Homelessness; and the recent release of benchmarks and criteria to end youth homelessness by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). Through these efforts, communities have learned that there are several critical aspects to ending youth homelessness: engaging youth with lived experience to drive the development of a youth homeless response system; partnering with a wide range of youth-serving community partners; and using the best available data to drive the creation of a system that best responds to the needs of youth in your community.
Youth and young adults with lived experience of homelessness have driven the design and execution of the YHDP. HUD also contracted with youth members of the True Colors Fund’s National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH) to help review the FY 2016 YHDP applications and some of these same youth, as well as other members of the NYFH, are providing technical assistance to support the first ten selected communities. We will similarly engage young adults for the FY 2017 YHDP Competition. Young adults from each of the 100-Day Challenge Communities were valuable members of the team, helping to ensure that the changes being implemented met the needs of local youth. We believe communities should mirror this process:
  • Include young people with lived experience at the beginning of any local planning, efforts to address youth homelessness and throughout the implementation period.
  • Engage youth as valued partners in idea generation.
  • Give youth shared decision-making authority over the policies and projects that will affect their lives and the lives of their peers.
  • Train the young people partnering with your CoC on broader homelessness systems and policies. This increased knowledge will help the young people feel more empowered and help them make more powerful contributions to the work.
  • To truly value their contributions, young people should be paid.
As evidenced by our own commitment to working closely with numerous federal agencies, national partners, and young adults with lived experience, we strongly believe that our efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness are strengthened when we engage the stakeholders impacted by our work throughout the entire process. Similarly, communities benefit most when they work across traditional silos and systems to address youth homelessness. Key partners include CoCs, Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) providers, schools, child welfare agencies, and juvenile and adult justice systems.
Many times, our instinct when developing systems is to first come up with what we think is the best intervention or have experienced some level of success with in the past before looking at what our data actually tells us about the community’s needs and then identifying the interventions that are most likely to address those needs. Making decisions before looking at the data is a backwards way of planning a system. HUD requires that selected YHDP communities develop a coordinated community plan that first assesses the needs of youth at-risk of and experiencing homelessness in the community, including their needs for education, employment, health, permanent connections, and well-being, in addition to housing. Communities also assess the needs of special populations at higher risk of experiencing homelessness, including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ youth, parenting youth, youth involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and youth victims of human trafficking. Notably, none of these communities have perfect data regarding youth experiencing homelessness. By using the best available data (lovingly referred to as B.A.D. data by several of the communities) and regularly reviewing new data to adjust projects and systems accordingly, communities have the capacity to build systems that best respond to the needs of young people in a timely manner.
There are several steps that your community can take now to reduce and end youth homelessness:
Thank you for all the hard work that you do to end homelessness in your community every day.
Norm Suchar & Caroline Crouse
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
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HUD, VA Announce Award of Vouchers to House More than 5,200 Veterans

HUD, VA Announce Award of Vouchers to House More than 5,200 Veterans
$43 million awarded to 325 local public housing agencies
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced $43 million to 325 local public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country to provide a permanent home to more than 5,200 veterans experiencing homelessness. The supportive housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.
These vouchers are critical tools in helping communities effectively end homelessness among veterans. 

"Our nation's veterans deserve more than a life on the streets," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  "There is no greater responsibility than to end veteran homeless and to make certain that those who have served our nation have a home they can call their own."

More than 87,000 vouchers have been awarded and approximately 144,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program since 2008. More than 500 PHAs administer the HUD-VASH program, and this most recent award includes 102 additional PHAs, increasing HUD-VASH coverage to many communities. Rental assistance and supportive services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation's veterans.

In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
To view the list of agencies receiving funding, click here

DOL-VETS Announces Availability of Funds for HVRP, IVTP, HFVVWF

DOL-VETS Announces Availability of Funds for HVRP, IVTP, HFVVWF
Applications due May 7 by 4 p.m. ET
The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS) has announced the availability of approximately $12 million in funding for Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP) and Homeless Female Veterans’ and Homeless Veterans’ with Families Program (HFVVWF) grants. Under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) approximately $12 million in grant funds will be available.
The purpose of this program is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans.
Organizations may apply for one year of funding with a period of performance from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. 2018 Option Year Award recipients are not eligible to receive funding from this competition for an identical project proposal. The maximum limit for an individual award is $500,000.
Applications must be received no later than 4:00:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2018.
To read the full FOA and view related materials, click here.